Category: Outdoor Adventures

Ideas and tips for outdoor adventures in North America and beyond. Hiking, biking, off-roading, scuba, and more! From activities for nature lovers to adrenaline junkies.


Wallabies in Waimate & Steampunk in Oamaru, NZ

Wallabies in Waimate & Steampunk in Oamaru, NZ

One of the most interesting areas in all of New Zealand is Oamaru. We had driven right by on our initial trip to the South Island, but upon our return, we heard about the Victorian architecture and overall Steampunk theme there and we knew we had to check it out.... Read more
Unforgettable Little Blue Penguins Tour in Akaroa

Unforgettable Little Blue Penguins Tour in Akaroa

When we got the official Visa acceptance notification and realized we'd have an additional six months in New Zealand, we knew our mission: see as many penguins as possible. We had tried with no luck at some of the popular viewing areas earlier in the year, but this... Read more
Pleasantly Surprised by New Plymouth, NZ

Pleasantly Surprised by New Plymouth, NZ

Our original plan for visiting the New Plymouth area was to explore Mount Taranaki, but we really enjoyed this area much more than we realized we would and (due to weather) ended up seeing far more of it than we realized! Staying at Oakura Beach Although the New... Read more
Mangawhai Heads Cliff Walk – A Favorite NZ Hike

Mangawhai Heads Cliff Walk – A Favorite NZ Hike

In New Zealand's Northland area, there are some fantastic hikes and beach walks. But the Mangawhai Heads Cliff Walk combines both, which makes it so wonderfully special. You'll just have to check the tides to make sure you will be able to walk on the beach! Mangawhai... Read more
Falling in Love with Dunedin, NZ, During Lockdown

Falling in Love with Dunedin, NZ, During Lockdown

Now that we are allowed to move about in New Zealand again, us tourists turned temporary residents all ask each other the same question: “Where did you end up during lockdown?” While some were at hostels sharing rooms and meals with other backpackers, we... Read more
Memorable Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise in New Zealand

Memorable Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise in New Zealand

We originally planned to go to both Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound during out epic New Zealand road trip, but with the intense flooding that happened just before our visit, Milford was no longer an option without a very long bus ride. So, we chose to spend what we... Read more